MILIK: ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE
Czech hero Vaclav Milik admits taking on the SGP elite in Poland and Sweden meant he could treat the Mitas Czech SGP as a "normal meeting."
13 / 06 / 2017, 12:00
Czech hero Vaclav Milik admits taking on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix elite in Poland and Sweden meant he could treat the Mitas Czech SGP in Prague as a “normal meeting.”
The Pardubice favourite became the first home rider to reach the rostrum when he followed home Jason Doyle and world champion Greg Hancock in the final at the Marketa Stadium last Saturday.
I race every week against people like Greg Hancock, Tai Woffinden and Maciej Janowski in Poland and Sweden. So this was a normal meeting for me.
Milik was mobbed by fans and media at the end of the biggest night of his career to date as he became the first Czech rider to compete in an SGP final since Lukas Dryml finished second at the 2003 Swedish SGP in Avesta.
After scoring a total of seven points in three Czech SGP appearances prior to Saturday, it’s clear Milik felt much more at home on the big stage this season. And after starring for Polish Ekstraliga outfit Wroclaw and Swedish club Indianerna this year, he admits taking on the SGP stars doesn’t faze him.
He said: “I race every week against people like Greg Hancock, Tai Woffinden and Maciej Janowski in Poland and Sweden. So this was a normal meeting for me. Last year I only raced them in the Grand Prix. This time it felt normal.
“It’s a great result for me. It was my fourth start in the Czech SGP and I did a good job with my team. I got third place. It’s really, really good – an amazing result.
“For me, this is really good for Czech speedway. Speedway here is very small. Hopefully I can make it bigger.
“Now we need everyone to do well at King’s Lynn in the World Cup and hopefully that will be good for the Czech Republic.”